Kimberley native Carter Bancks is headed back to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.
Bancks, 26, signed a one-year extension with the Comets back on July 10, and after a training camp invite with the Vancouver Canucks — the NHL affiliate of the Comets — he was assigned back to Utica on Sept. 26.
The 5-foot-11, 181-pound forward joined the Comets last season, posting six goals and 14 points in 57 games.
Bancks spent four years (2006-07 to 2009-10) with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, tallying 58 goals and 178 points in 262 games.
He also suited up 61 games with the Kimberley Dynamiters of the KIJHL (2004-05 to 2005-06), registering 25 goals and 79 points.
Bancks has played in two NHL games, both with the Calgary Flames. The son of Kimberley Dynamiters head coach Jerry Bancks, Carter began his pro career within the Flames’ organization, skating in 224 games (15 goals, 52 points) with the AHL Abbotsford Heat from 2009-10 to 2013-14.
The Comets open the 2015-16 AHL campaign Oct. 10 when they visit the Rochester Americans.